Republican Stands Behind State’s First Responders

Republican Stands Behind State's First Responders

( – Democrats lawmakers and their voters have spent a lot of time attacking police officers over the last few years. The calls to defund police departments across the country have been especially disturbing. The Left wants to divert a portion of their budget to other agencies, cutting down on the need for police in certain situations. In theory, it’s not necessarily a bad idea to fund programs like crisis teams who will respond to mental health calls, but it certainly isn’t something that should take away from police funding.

Law enforcement officers in many jurisdictions are already operating on shoestring budgets to keep thousands (sometimes millions) of people safe. The agencies need more money, not less. Now, one governor wants to make sure that the police officers and other first responders in his state know how much he appreciates them.

Bonuses for Everyone

On May 5, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced that he would be handing out bonuses to all of the state’s first responders, including police, firefighters, and paramedics. Each one will receive $1,000 and will be included in the state’s budget once he signs it. According to the governor, the money to pay the bonuses comes from the funds Congress passed for the COVID-19 crisis. Each state received an allocation.

DeSantis said the state’s first responders are “out there, every single day….they had to work more than they ever have” over the last year while the pandemic raged. He put out a press release saying that a top priority of his administration has been to support those who risk their lives to keep Floridians safe. He said he is “grateful for their continued service” to the communities in which they work.

The Blaze reported that roughly 174,000 first responders will receive the money.

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